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How do you create confidence in Christians who are able to share their pro-life convictions with anyone? Here’s a hint: It takes a lot more than a lecture, but it’s worth it. That’s what I did this summer with 45 high school students on the pro-life mission.
Abortion-choice advocates. Angry college students. Graphic pictures of abortion. Not really what you want to expose your ten-year-old son to. That’s what I did, though. I took my son to the center of UCLA’s campus during an abortion protest and had him engage abortion-choice advocates that were twice his age.
The biggest divide between Christians and atheists is not their views about God's existence, but their beliefs about His character.
In conversations where you're being challenged, a simple question can make sure you keep the burden of proof where it belongs.
Learning to tell the difference between an argument and a non-argument will make it easier for you to defend your faith. Almost every day I come across people who challenge my views. “God does not exist.” “Your Christian views are homophobic.” “You can only know what is proven by science.” “You shouldn’t judge other people.” What do all these challenges have in common? Not a single one is an argument.
Ever get called names when you get into conversations about Christianity? Alan shows how to deal with that situation. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Though I haven’t said that childhood phrase in a long time, it’s as true today as it was years ago on the playground. It still teaches us a valuable lesson: Don’t let name-calling get to you. One might think adults don’t call people names. Sure they do. They just disguise it by using more “sophisticated” terms.
God isn't just an egomaniac. Our praise is right, good, and joy-giving.
If the God of the Bible didn’t do what you think a real God would have done, that doesn’t prove He doesn’t exist; you might just be missing something. It’s the temptation of some who reject the reality of God’s existence to use the following kind of reasoning as part of their evidence: “If the Christian God were real, He would [X]. However, He does not [X], therefore He is not real.”
God regulated slavery in the Old Testament...does that mean He approves of it? And if He doesn't, why did He allow it?
Some atheists say that if God exists, He should show Himself to everyone so they can believe in Him and not go to Hell. Should a good God do this?